The week after school was out, the girls left with about 6 other girls to go camping. It was an organized camping event with our church here in Germany. There were campgrounds about an hour away so Brian and I volunteered to take a few of the girls, all their stuff, and then hit up Trier which was nearby. The girls really thought they'd be roughing it so we prepared for the worst. Plus, rain was in the forecast more than it actually rained. We were pleasantly surprised to see that it was actually a lot more lush than the mud we expected, and the bathrooms that were rumored to be a mile's hike away were, in fact, only a short walk down the hill. Ticks were the only real threat and it only rained one day of the whole camp.
I have been saving this post for awhile now because I really wanted the girls to run a commentary and write about camp, seeing as I wasn't there. So, I've finally been able to pin them down and get them to be my first guest bloggers! :) Woohoo. Can you believe it? I'm professional now. :) We kind of just went through and just described the pictures, but there really was so much more that went on. If there are holes and we left an explanation out, let me know and I'll get them to add something in.
So, on with the show! Presenting, Guest Bloggers: XANTHE and XOE VILLA
XANTHE: These were some of the Young Women (YW) in our own ward that helped set up the food canopy we ate under for our meals. The other girls were off setting up the tents we would sleep in and then setting out all of the sleeping bags and getting ready for devotionals. Our camp site was in Baumholder (Its name stands for "The Tree Protector") and took us about an hour and a half to drive there.
XOE: Setting up the canopy we ate all our meals under. It was actually easier than it looked but they were missing some pieces so in this picture they were figuring out how to make it work.
(MOM'S NOTE: a "ward" is the actual church group you meet with based on the proximity to the ward building. Because of the number of people in the area, they split them up by location. Our ward is called the "Wiesbaden Military Ward)
XANTHE: The Beehives (the younger girls) and the YW leaders bought pool floaties to sleep on and they were O.K. to sleep on... not the best, though.
(MOM: but who likes camping mattresses anyway?! Can't beat $2.50. We bought two just in case one of them popped. And none of them did! I'd say they were a pretty good buy. Everyone caught on to the trend and even the leaders used them.)
XOE: Our little sign we had in front of the campsite.
XOE: The flag we made. Every ward had to pick a theme and ours was "Lovely." We all got to paint our names on the flag in a flower.
XOE: In front of the canopy. Every ward had to make a "flag" and had to hang it in front of the campsite. In the back, Morgan, holding an axe....
XOE: Everytime somebody said lovely, we would have to yell "woo" and throw our hands in the air. Morgan again...
All of the young womens in our ward.
XOE: For one of the activities we had use clues to teach you to read coordinates and find your way through tough things. After we did the activity we sat down they passed out packs of gum.
XOE: Stamping our coordinate cards.
MOM: They forgot to tell you about the cool t-shirts and lanyards they received when they got there. They all got camp t-shirts and a lanyard with each of their camp schedule on it so they knew which activity to go to next. As you will see, it started to fill up with pins, pens and papers.
XOE: One of the pavilions we had lessons in. The sign has all the names of the wards.
XOE: Painting necklace boards for one of the crafts. The vinyl sticker that went on the front said "We seek after these things".
XOE: Painting necklace boards. The Art's N Crafts part of the days were our favorite.
Getting ready for a hike
Ashley and her mom, Miss Sarah, one of our YW Leaders.
A lot of us got our hair braided by Morgan and Ms. Sarah. What they did on us was super awesome! (Okay, from here on out, it seems like Xoe did most of the commentary since she wrote first. Xanthe didn't comment if hers would have been the same. So if there isn't a name, it just means both of them were writing.)
Another activity where we had to go through different obstacles like pioneers.
The place we did the activities
Sarah Anderson holding the bucket from the water game.
Xoe eating the ice cream the bishop gave to us on Bishop's Night (when the "bishop" from our ward came to camp to share a message, make dinner and sleep over. He made us laugh in his little tent. We also played a trick on him by putting string in front of his tent door so he would trip in the morning. He thought it was funny.
Xanthe helping to cook the fajitas we had for Bishop's Night. We got to wear aprons, customized chef hats, and cooking jobs and supplies.
Xanthe helping to scoop the fajita mixture.
Somebody in another ward had got their hair braided but did it backwards, from the bottom, instead of top.
Our fajitas in the dutch oven.
Morgan and Xanthe cutting brotchen
Our chicken from our fajitas.
Xanthe full from eating.
The dutch oven we cooked the peach cobbler.
We had so much fun at Girls Camp. We made friends with people from the other ward and can't wait to go back. We got to read our scriptures, sing songs and it was the best time ever!!!!!!!!!!